Worth noting

Worth noting

Worth noting
• Including his three losses by shutout, James McDonald is 0-3 with a 2.06 ERA in the seven starts in which he has been supported by either zero runs or one.

• Pirates batters were 0-for-6 with men in scoring position on Friday and have gone 6-for-41 (.146) in those situations in their last five games.

• Pittsburgh's 15 wins over the Indians are its most against any Interleague foe. However, Friday's loss dropped the Pirates' record against Cleveland to 15-16. • Pitching renaissance? You bet: McDonald took an ERA of 2.39 into Friday night's game against the Indians -- "only" the eighth-best in the National League. A figure of 2.39 would have ranked first or second in the NL in 13 of the last 14 seasons.

• Jeff Karstens (hip flexor) is still scheduled to throw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Saturday. Barring setbacks, his next step would be a rehab outing, on Tuesday.

• Right-hander Daniel McCutchen (strained left oblique) had his first rehab outing on Thursday with Bradenton, blanking Fort Myers for two innings on one hit.

• Joel Hanrahan's next strikeout will be career No. 400. The closer went into Friday's schedule with 399 whiffs in 362 2/3 Major League innings.

• The Pirates on Friday made official the signing of outfielder Barrett Barnes, upon the supplemental 2012 First-Year Player Draft supplemental pick's passage of a physical. The junior from Texas Tech, the overall No. 45 selection earlier this month, has been assigned to the State College Spikes of the New York-Penn League.